Book Review: You (Novel) by Caroline Kepnes
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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
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What I like about the book:
- It’s the premise of the story which really reeled me in. A bookish pyscho and a troubled writer caught up in a convoluted love story? Say no more.
- I think it’s clever how the background stories were developed. Joe and Beck are definitely messed up, but their fears and insecurities are very human.
- The book puts a very needed spotlight on the dangers of social media. Where do we draw the line on privacy?
- The book is filled with reading suggestions! Check this blog post! 🙂
What I don’t like about the book:
- The tense scenes were a bit of a letdown. I feel like almost all were written in the same intensity that not one conflict or twist stood out for me.
- There were a lot of instances where Joe ‘got lucky’ and just got away with things easily. (Example: Benji not recognizing his face? And that encounter with the police at Little Compton!)
- The reading suggestions bit? There’s a downside to it. In the early chapters, the author showed a bit of an insight to the author or the title by relating it to the character or the scene. In the last chapters, however, it feels like the author has been just ‘name dropping’.
The only thing crueler than a cage so small that a bird can’t fly is a cage so large that a bird thinks it can fly.
– Mr. Mooney (You by Caroline Kepnes)
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- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (a personal favorite)
- An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
- Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
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